Lelaki meninggal didatangi ular

Di zaman khalifah Abu Bakar as-Siddiq dimana seorg lelaki meninggal dunia & sewaktu mereka menyembahyanginya tiba-tiba kain kafan bergerak-gerak, apabila mereka membuka kain kafan tersebut mereka melihat seekor ular sedang membelit mayat lelaki itu serta memakan & menghisap darahnya.

Lalu mereka cuba untuk menghalang dan mahu membunuh ular tersebut, maka ular itu berkata: Lailahaillah Muhammad Rasulullah, mengapakah kalian hendak membunuh aku? Aku tidak berdosa dan aku tidak bersalah, ALLAH s.w.t telah memerintahkan aku supaya menyeksanya sehingga hari Qiamat.
Lalu para Sahabat bertanya: Apakah kesalahan yang telah dilakukan oleh mayat ini?

Berkata ular: Dia telah melakukan 3 kesalahan.

1. Apabila dia mendengar azan, dia tidak mahu datang untuk solat berjemaah.

2. Dia tidak mahu keluar zakat hartanya.

3. Dia tidak mahu mendengar nasihat para ulama’ malah membenci dan memusuhi mereka.

Sila KONGSIKAN dgn sahabat2…

Sumber: menjawap kemusykilan agama

A Story on Act of Kindness

When a flower blooms, its color and scent first touch the garden near it, and then spread. In the same way, a Muslim’s acts of human kindness should first touch those nearest to him, his family and his neighbors.

Nasiruddin was the slave of a king, and very fond of hunting. One day he came across a very pretty baby deer and picked it up and rode away. The mother deer saw Nasiruddin take her baby and followed him anxiously. Nasiruddin, pleased with the baby dear, was thinking about presenting it to his children to play with. After a time, he chanced to look back and saw the mother deer following him, her expression full of grief. He noticed too that she did not seem to care about her own safety. Moved to pity, Nasiruddin set the baby deer free. The mother deer nuzzled and licked her baby fondly and the two deer leapt happily away into the forest. But many times the mother deer looked back at Nasiruddin, as if to express her thanks.

That night Nasiruddin dreamt that the revered Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was addressing him: ‘Nasiruddin, your name has been entered in the list of Allah, and you will one day have a kingdom. But remember that when you are king you will also have many responsibilities. Just as you have shown mercy to the deer today, you should be merciful to all Allah’s creatures. You should not forget your people by falling into a life of luxury.’

This dream came true and Nasiruddin did become king, Amir Nasiruddin Subaktagin, father of Sultan Muhammad.

The moral of the story is that if we wish Allah to be merciful to us, we must be eager to show mercy to all the living creatures of the earth.

When a flower blooms, its color and scent first touch the garden near it, and then spread. In the same way, a Muslim’s acts of human kindness should first touch those nearest to him, his family and his neighbors.

Source: Muslim Manners by Iqbal Ahmad Azami

THE STORY OF IMAM ABU HANIFAH AND THE ATHEIST

I continued to look into the middle of the river, and then I saw nails coming up from the sea floor. They positioned themselves onto the boat and held the planks together, without them being banged. I stood in amazement and thought to myself, ‘Oh Allah, how can this happen, planks of wood rising to the surface by itself, and then nails positioning themselves onto the boat without being banged?’ I could not undertsand what was happening before my eyes.’

THE STORY OF IMAM ABU HANIFAH AND THE ATHEIST

Long ago in the city of Baghdad, there was a Muslim empire. On one side of the River Tigris were the royal palaces and on the other side was the city. The Muslims were gathered in the Royal Palace when an atheist approached them. He said to them, ‘I don’t believe in God, there cannot be a God, you cannot hear Him or see Him, you’re wasting your time! Bring me your best debater and I will debate this issue with him.’

The best debator at the time was Imam Abu Hanifah Rahimullah. A messenger from amongst the Muslims was sent over the River Tigris to the city, where Abu Hanifah Rahimullah was, in order to tell him about the athiest who was awaiting him. On crossing the River Tigris, the messenger conveyed the message to Abu Hanifah Rahimullah saying, ‘Oh Abu Hanifah, an athiest is waiting for you, to debate you, please come!’ Abu Hanifah Rahimullah told the messeneger that he would be on his way.

The messenger went over the River Tigris once again and to the Royal Palaces, where everyone including the athiest awaited the arrival of Abu Hanifah Rahimullah. It was sunset at the time and one hour had passed, but Abu Hanifah Rahimullah still hadn’t arrived. Another hour had passed, but still there was no sign of him.

The Muslims started to become tense and worried about his late arrival. They did not want the atheist to think that they were too scared to debate him, yet they did not want to take up the challenge themselves as Abu Hanifah Rahimullah was the best of Debaters from among the Muslims. Another hour passed, and suddenly the atheist started laughing and said, ‘ Your best debater is too scared! He knows he’s wrong, he is too frightened to come and debate with me. I guarantee he will not turn up today.’

The Muslims increased in apprehension and eventually it had passed midnight, and the athiest had a smile on his face. The clock ticked on, and finally Abu Hanifah Rahimullah had arrived. The Muslims inquired about his lateness and remarked, ‘Oh Abu Hanifah, a messenger sent for you hours ago, and you arrive now, explain your lateness to us.’

Abu Hanifah Rahimullah apologises for his lateness and begins to explain, while the atheist listens to his story.

‘Once the messenger delivered the message to me, I began to make my way to the River Tigris, and on reaching the river bank I realised there was no boat, in order to cross the river. It was getting dark, and I looked around, there was no boat anywhere nor was there a navigator or a sailor in order for me to cross the river to get to the Royal Palaces. I continued to look around for a boat, as I did not want the athiest to think I was running away and did not want to debate with him.

I was standing on the river bank looking for a navigator or a boat when something caught my attention in the middle of the river. I looked forward, and to my amazement I saw planks of wood rising to the surface from the sea bed. I was shocked, amazed, I couldn’t believe what I saw seeing. Ready made planks of wood were rising up to the surface and joining together. They were all the same width and length, I was astounded at what I saw.

I continued to look into the middle of the river, and then I saw nails coming up from the sea floor. They positioned themselves onto the boat and held the planks together, without them being banged. I stood in amazement and thought to myself, ‘Oh Allah, how can this happen, planks of wood rising to the surface by itself, and then nails positioning themselves onto the boat without being banged?’ I could not understand what was happening before my eyes.’

The athiest meanwhile was listening with a smile on his face. Abu Hanifah Rahimullah continued, ‘I was still standing on the river bank watching these planks of wood join together with nails. I could see water seeping through the gaps in the wood, and suddenly I saw a sealant appear from the river and it began sealing the gaps without someone having poured it, again I thought, ‘Ya Allah, how is this possible, how can sealant appear and seal the gaps without someone having poured it, and nails appear without someone having banged them.’ I looked closer and I could see a boat forming before my eyes, I stood in amazement and was filled with shock. All of a sudden a sail appeared and I thought to myself, ‘How is this happening, a boat has appeared before my eyes by itself, planks of wood, nails, sealant and now a sail, but how can I use this boat in order to cross the river to the Royal Palaces?’ I stood staring in wonderment and suddenly the boat began to move. It came towards me against the current.

It stood floating beside me while I was on the river bank, as if telling me to embark onto it. I went on the boat and yet again it began to move. There was no navigator or sailor on the boat, and the boat began to travel towards the direction of the royal palaces, without anyone having programmed it as to where to go. I could not understand what was happening, and how this boat had formed and was taking me to my destination against the flow of water. The boat eventually reached the other side of the River Tigris and I disembarked. I turned around and the boat had disappeared, and that is why I am late.’

At this moment, the atheist burst out laughing and remarked, ‘Oh Abu Hanifah, I heard that you were the best debater from among the Muslims, I heard that you were the wisest, the most knowledgeable from among your people. From seeing you today, I can say that you show none of these qualities. You speak of a boat appearing from nowhere, without someone having built it. Nails positioning themselves without someone having banged them, sealant being poured without someone having poured it, and the boat taking you to your destination without a navigator against the tide, your taking childish, your talking ridiculous, I swear I do not believe a word of it!’

Abu Hanifah Rahimullah turned to the atheist and replied, ‘You don’t believe a word of it? You don’t believe that nails can appear by themselves? You don’t believe sealant can be poured by itself? You don’t believe that a boat can move without a navigator, hence you don’t believe that a boat can appear without a boat maker?’

The athiest remarked defiantly, ‘Yes I dont believe a word of it!’

Abu Hanifah Rahimullah replied, ‘If you cannot believe that a boat came into being without a boat maker, then this is only a boat, how can you believe that the whole world, the universe, the stars, the oceans, and the planets came into being without a creator?

The atheist astonished at his reply got up and fled. Transcribed from a lecture delivered by Shaykh Ahmad Ali.

That’s is how a point shall be made, and arguments can be won. Such a beautiful story.

Further reading on Winning Arguments

Islam A Universal Faith

“Then We revealed to you [Muhammad], ‘Follow the creed of Abraham, a man of pure faith who was not an idolater.’” (Quran, 16:123)

Islam is the culmination of the universal message of God taught by all of His prophets. Muslims believe that a prophet was chosen for every nation at some point in their history, enjoining them to worship God alone and delivering guidance on how to live peacefully with others. Some of the prophets of God include Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, peace be upon them all. The prophets all conveyed the consistent divine message of worshiping one God, along with specific societal laws for each nation’s circumstances.

However, after the prophets delivered the divine guidance to their people, their message was lost, abandoned, or changed over time, with only parts of the original message intact. God then sent another prophet to rectify their beliefs.

In order to restore the original call of all prophets, God sent Muhammad(pbuh) as the final prophet to all of humanity in the 7th century C.E.

In 610 C.E., Angel Gabriel visited Muhammad (pbuh) with the first divine message. For the next 23 years, he continued to receive revelations until the message was completed. Muhammad (pbuh) called people towards the belief in one God and encouraged them to be just and merciful to one another. He was a living example of God’s guidance for the benefit of the entire humankind. (Learn more about Muhammad.)

“Then We revealed to you [Muhammad], ‘Follow the creed of Abraham, a man of pure faith who was not an idolater.’” (Quran, 16:123)

Muslims also believe that God sent revealed books as guidance to humanity through His prophets. These include the Torah given to Moses, the Gospel conferred upon Jesus, and the Quran received by Muhammad (pbuh). The Quran is the last revelation from God, consisting of God’s literal speech. It confirms truths from the previous scriptures and maintains the same core message of worshiping God and living righteously. God has ensured that the Quran is protected from corruption, safeguarding it for all of humanity to benefit from until the end of time. It is the only holy book that has been meticulously preserved in its original text. 

A look into “Political Arguments” and failed manifestos

A look into political arguments and why the manifestos are really good during the campaign trail but not actually doable once the office was won.

A look into political arguments and why the manifestos are really good during the campaign trail but not actually doable once the office was won.

Political arguments are usually obvious manipulation which even the audience recognize it, but doesn’t blunt the orator’s message. Even when the members of the audience are experts in the forms and techniques of arguments.

For example . . .

During the US 2016 Presidential election campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump was all over the map, philosophically speaking. However, his apparent incoherence seemed calculated to support his argument that he was different, unscripted; which could be seen as he wanted to show that he was talking “from the heart”, which he saw as being different from veteran politicians. Trump railed against the elite, even though everyone knew and recognized that he in fact are actually was “one of the elite”. But as we can see, it didn’t matter. His audience members heard what they wanted to hear. He seems to be aligned with them perfectly. This my friend, does illustrates that skilled argument can win even against the most staggering odds.

If we look at sound arguments, we could recognized that sound arguments neither shed lights on a question nor obscures it.

Aristotle knew the power of skilled rhetoric and vainly sought to confine arguments to presenting facts. He would have agreed with US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (and others), ” You are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”

But facts and opinions will blur during arguments, as I sometime accidental put myself in, but we need to be skilled in managing such situation. Skilled argument manufactures the facts and sways people. The only defense is better, much refined skilled arguments.

Arguments, much like history or ‘his-story’ are often what determined the facts, and not likely the other way around, especially in politics. That’s why, even with an unfulfilled manifestos, the same politician might be elected during the next election season. Politicians  usually take a position and then look for “principled arguments” to back it up, not look up the facts and then take a position. That’s why majority of the policies I knew off, are either whimsical or just plainly not well think off. And if we consider certainties, certainties don’t really exist since “truths” are usually emerged only after arguments and debate.  Unless something are measurable, it would be an awfully heavy task to prove a good orator’s wrong. 

Arguments involves persuasion. 

During an argument, we attempt to convince the other parties of the correctness of our position. But the techniques and tactics of argument will change depending on the discussion’s context, our authority and our believability (our expert-nes in the eye of the other parties or simply how much value our opinion carries).

So, getting better at rhetoric and argument requires understanding the context and rules. Example, an academic who borrows a politician’s technique and tactics of argument will face quick ostracism in a university atmosphere. (Refer to 4 different types of arguments).

This is because unlike the normal discourse at a college, in politics, anything goes, without “boundaries” or rules.

“Spin” defines the process of argument. Spin arrives as a “sound bite”, which sums up a position in a few words such as “death tax” and hopes the audience will use it as shorthand for the entire body of opinion on a complex topic. Many people will oblige.

In politics, most people will tend to hold a deep convictions that place them in one camp or another. Entrenched differences rarely produce a winner, and debates continue for decades. Unpredictably though, a singular events may dramatically alter the standoff. 

For example . . . in United States .  .  .

The debate over the Confederate flag raged for years but quickly evaporated in 2015 when a white supremacist shot and killed black parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina church.

Yet the gun control debate has not reached a tipping point, despite many horrific mass shootings.  And since we touch a bit on these, I would love to highlight the following.

As one of God creation on earth, God Almighty has mandated for us to manage this earth with consideration for life. This command is so clearly stated in the Quran and Prophetic sayings. For example:

“Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.”


 Quran 5:32

This beautiful Quranic verse make it clear of the sanctity of a human life.

Even after an old argument seems closed and its adherents appear “converted,” it can return. 

Know this, no argument can ever truly ends. Take racism and white supremacy as a clear example. 

The civil war didn’t end it. The debate over racial-equality laws lasted decades after civil rights law were passed in the 1950s and 1960s. Even the election and the re-election of a black president didn’t end the racial arguments.

It worth noting that, even as president, Barack Obama faced years of harassment over his citizenship. The spirit of outlawed “poll taxes and literacy tests” permeates recent efforts to make voters have an “identity cards”.

Inspiration from my reading notes on “Winning Arguments”.

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